Just to let you know, I had issues posting the pictures, getting a "It was not possible to determine the dimensions of the image." error, so i've hyperlinked them instead.
I figured it was about time to show YOU guys what Phidgets builds with their products. Introducing, the SBC Tank.http://www.annoyingrob.com/Phidgets/SBC ... %20002.jpg
Based off of an old RC Tank, all of the electronics were stripped out, and replaced with phidgets. Powering the tank are a pair of 12v, 9AH batteries (Soon to be replaced with LiPo for weight savings).
At the front, a webcam so that you can see where the tank is roaming:http://www.annoyingrob.com/Phidgets/SBC ... M_Tank.jpg
At the back, a TextLCD so that you can monitor status messages, and battery voltagehttp://www.annoyingrob.com/Phidgets/SBC ... %20004.jpg
Inside, there is a low voltage motor controller that controls the position of the turret, and firing of the gun. There's a potentiometer right in the middle of the turret gear so that you can determine the turret's position. You can also see a USB hub in there, connecting all of the phidgets, and other USB devices.http://www.annoyingrob.com/Phidgets/SBC ... %20005.jpghttp://www.annoyingrob.com/Phidgets/SBC ... %20007.jpg
Up front, we have a high current motor controller running the tank's drive motors, as well as a SSR board (Actually a prototype dual SSR board) controlling the head light. There are two current sensors installed in the front, one monitors current draw by the motors and head light, and the other monitors charge current through the front of the tank. The two bumpers you see are actually magnets, which allow the tank to drive up to, and attach itself to a charging station. There is also a distance sensor mounted between them.http://www.annoyingrob.com/Phidgets/SBC ... %20008.jpg
At the heart of the tank, a Phidget SBC. This particular one is an old prototype, hence the green circuit board. http://www.annoyingrob.com/Phidgets/SBC ... %20009.jpg
At the back, a voltage sensor, some power switches, and status LEDs. The large black box is a wireless relay contol box, allowing us a safety cutoff to the drive motors should the robot ever get out of control.http://www.annoyingrob.com/Phidgets/SBC ... %20010.jpg
The tank can be driven from a PC with some software, or, with this remote!http://www.annoyingrob.com/Phidgets/SBC ... %20013.jpg
It may look like a normal RC controller, but inside is another SBC!http://www.annoyingrob.com/Phidgets/SBC ... %20014.jpg
Most of the connectors have been de-soldered due to space constraints. The controller is currently running off of a single 9v battery as it's new LiPo battery is on order.
Tell us what you think.